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Every Reason We Shouldn't

(Every Reason We Shouldn't #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels.

Fifteen-year-old, biracial figure skater Olivia Kennedys Olympic dreams have ended. She's bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of an athlete... until Jonah Choi starts training at her family's struggling rink. Jonah's
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Tor Teen
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Emma Katherine This book is all about romance and friendship, but there's only kissing! There is a discussion about having safe sex, but nothing explicit is said.…moreThis book is all about romance and friendship, but there's only kissing! There is a discussion about having safe sex, but nothing explicit is said. Enjoy the book!(less)

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chan ☆
dnf @20%

cute but not what i'm in the mood for at the moment tbh. YA contemporaries are pretty hit or miss for me anyway
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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3.5 Stars

Every Reason We Shouldnt by Sara Fujimura seemed like the perfect book for me since I am a big fan of any story about skating. While I did enjoy this concept, I had many issues with the book, including the immature main character and the lack of discussion around the sensitive topics presented. I didnt hate this book, but it was not what I was expecting.


This book tells the story of Olivia, a figure skater adjusting to life outside the rink
Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
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First of all, I really did not enjoy the characters. Olivia and Jonah did nothing for me. I found them to be really flat characters, and moreover, I couldnt quite comprehend any of their struggles or issues, because none of them really made sense. Moreover, Olivia was pretty much awful at times. For example, when her best friend was explaining how she would love to go back and do high school differently, Olivia said something along the lines of
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
You can find this review of Every Reason We Shouldn't on my blog, Heart's Content!

Received an Advanced Readers Copy from the publisher, Tor Teen, via Edelweiss+ and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Every Reason We Shouldnt is a very special book, because it addresses a variety of issues and all of them manage to stir emotions in you and have you connect to the protagonists. I loved seeing Japanese and Korean culture and I was squealing at all the parts that I recognised
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I was initially drawn to Every Reason We Shouldn't for a few reasons. Number one, skating. Ever since "Cutting Edge" I will read anything ice skating focused and this certainly fills a niche. That being said, there isn't that same romantic, will-they-won't-they as in that film and there aren't pair competitions so just know that the only comp between those is that there are just two
Jan 22, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
I wanted to give this a solid effort but the writing is just so juvenile and tries too hard to be hip. I can't read a book that uses the phrase 'awko-taco' in its prose.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this on Net Galley, and was beyond excited to read it.

This book is about our main character, Olivia, and her journey finding herself on the ice again. She finds love on the way, and strengthens bonds with her family and friends.

While I love the premise of this, there were a few things that didn't work.
For one, this is not how teenagers talk. I know that the author definitely tried, and even used the phrase "that't the tea, sis," but a lot of the dialogue didn't work for
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This is a story which follows Olivia, a 15 year old figure skater who tries to adapt to life as a "normal" teenager after a disastrous performance puts her future as a proffesional in doubt. When dedicated speed skater Jonah Choi comes to Ice Dreams, her family's rink, a romance blossoms and both realise there may be more to life than just skating.

A few things I liked about this book:

- First off, I have an unending love for sports romances. This is widely documented. This kind of book
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
"No regrets?
No regrets"

Every Reason We Shouldn't features my auto add to tbr tropes
🌟Asian Rep
🌟 Controlling parents
🌟High school drama
🌟Not fitting in


I thank NetGalley and MacMillan for approving my request for this e-ARC. Thjs hasn't affected my opinions .
Kate McMurry
Exciting, PG, multicultural, YA, sports romance

Olivia Kennedy is the almost-sixteen, biracial daughter of a Japanese-American mother and Euro-American father who are world famous for winning Olympic gold as a fabulously talented figure-skating team. Olivia had figure-skating, Olympic dreams as well, and trained since early childhood toward that lofty goal, until a humiliating failure at a major competition the previous year convinced her that her Olympic potential is gone. Since then, she has
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this digital arc.
Olivia is part of an Olympic family. Her parents are gold medalists who now own an ice skating rink called Ice Dreams. She's skated professionally but her dreams seem to have ended after a terrible finish. When a speed skater and his dad buy out the rink every day for a few hours of practice, Olivia doesn't know if it's a good or bad thing. Little does she know how much Jonah Choi is going to affect her life.
This book was so much more
dnfed @ 25%

*I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions.

I got 25% into this title and I couldn't continue any further. The main character was very selfish and I was very confused while reading.

The friendship between Mack and Olivia seemed very unlikely! Mack is 20 years old, Olivia is 15. I don't know how common it is for a 20 year old to befriend a 15 year old and become invested in her life. I did like that Mack is a
Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
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You know I like books about hockey, but I also have a slight interested in ice skating, so this one appealed to me right from the summary. I haven't read a YA book in a little bit, but I thought it did the teenager stuff pretty well. Another blogger asked me what I was thinking about this and they couldn't stand the slang in it. I hadn't really noticed it before they asked me that, but it did seem to use "extra" a little too
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Reeeeally mixed feelings on this one. Full review coming soon, but here are my initial thoughts:

It was cute, but had quite a few flaws as well. Props for diverse rep but it isn't really ownvoices (the author is white, her kids are biracial, she wrote this book so that kids like hers can see themselves represented) and it didnt always come across as authentic, but I did love Mack, a secondary character who was valedictorian of her high school but ended up a teen mom shortly thereafter. There's a
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Olivia thought she had come to terms with the end of her Olympic dreams, but a new fire was lit, when inspiring speed skater, Jonah, began training at her parent's rink. As she attempted to reclaim her place in the skating world, her world outside began to crumble, but would this mark the end of her skating comeback?

Pro: In this kind of story, I needed to be able to root for someone, and I found myself sort of rooting for EVERYONE! Olivia, Jonah, Mack, mom, dad, the business -- I wanted
Sarah (Cover to Cover Reviews)
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty sure this book marks only the second time I've been THIS excited to get an ARC. (Like, seriously, the last and only other time was when a publisher granted my NetGalley wish to read "Tweet Cute". Worth it.) "Every Reason We Shouldn't" went on my TBR the moment I stumbled across it on GoodReads - at the time, it was so far out it didn't even have a cover yet - so when I saw that it was available on NetGalley, you better believe I smashed that "request" button. And I got it! Why was I ...more
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as might-read
* I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, read-2020, arcs
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Happily, Hedy
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Asian representation in this book. Very nicely woven themes and developed characters. This is one of those books that I wouldnt get bored rereading. Its such a cute teen romance, one of the better ones Ive read. Many of the situations are relatable tooespecially being compared with other people and not thinking youre enough. A much needed story in the YA genre. I would most definitely recommend it. Critique wise, there was a bit of power and wow missing. It was a really good
Feb 09, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
I ended up DNFing this one pretty quickly. I didn't click with the characters at all, the main character was someone who was a contradictory and didn't make a ton of sense. She cared about ice skating more than anything, but also stopped training for months simply because of some remarks at a competition. This one just wasn't for me.
Penzi Hill
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A stereotypical look at love, but appreciated for it's candid moments and the diversity of race and class shown. Yes, you will be able to guess the love interest from the moment he walks in the door. Yes, the female protaganist values an almost Tumblr-esque pride about "not being like other girls". Yes, they get together with minimal, if no, conflict because they are just "so in love". I realize that these statements might make it seem like I didn't enjoy this book, but I felt quite the ...more
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. Ill post a review near the publication date.

***Updated on 3/3/30...

3.75 stars

From the cover and description, I assumed this book would be a light teen romance and that this romantic relationship would really be the focal point of the work. I am pleasantly surprised that this is not the case at all.

While the romance is an important aspect of the novel, it isn't the only story line. The main character, Olivia, experiences a great deal of growth
This was alright but I didn't love it. I found Livy kind of annoying but I dealt with her and I thought her relationship with Jonah was cute, albeit a bit rushed. I really did not like Stuart (Egg). And can I just say - this is the 1st book I've read/reviewed that comes out in 2020 and that is mental! Can't believe we're in the roaring 20s again!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I quite liked this, and I read it straight through without switching to something else, so I was engaged from start to finish, despite a slight lag in pace in the middle. If you're looking for a novel that focuses on ice skating (both speed skating and figure skating, this might be what you want.

The blurb of this book makes it sound like it's primarily a romance, but I'd argue that it's not. The romance is a catalyst for change in Olivia's life, but the primary relationship of the novel is
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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I got an ARC of this book.

I assumed this was a f/f romance based on the cover and I saw ice skates. That was really as far as it went. Well, I was half right. The book does have ice skates, but there is no f/f love. So I am a bit let down by the cover itself. The cover is just eh and if I hadn't read this as queer, I wouldn't have picked it up.

The plot itself is much better, sorta. Well, everything except the romance is better. The romantic plots of
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free ARC version of this book in exchange for an honest review. I must admit, that I expected something different from this novel. I went into it thinking this would be a hate to love, enemies to lovers type story line based on the synopsis, but that's not what this was. That's not a bad thing, just not what I was expecting. Olivia was once an Olympic hopeful, but after a disastrous competition she's all but retired and is now working at a skating ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Every Reason We Shouldnt is a fantastic contemporary novel, perfect for fans of To All the Boys Ive Loved Before or Fangirl. Full of heart and determination, Olivia and Jonah shine with love for their respective ice sports, their families, and eventually each other. This book was such a fun, fast-paced read that had me smiling from page one.

Olivia Kennedy is already an accomplished figure skater by the age of fifteen. But an unfortunate incident at a past competition has put her Olympic dreams
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I was drawn to this book because of the skating. I really did enjoy the concept of the book. It is fun and playful. I felt like the main character Olivia was a bit immature and I felt like a few of the main topics that were really important got played down in the end.
Olivia is a 15 year old girl who loves to skate and has been skating since she was very young. Her parents were skaters before she was born and they own an ice rink which is barely holding on by a thread, then comes in speed skater
Sydney Evans
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
Thank you net galley for providing me with an e-arc of this for review.

3 stars.

This book started off as a fun and sweet contemporary about two teen skaters, one at the top and one who has recently been knocked down after a tough competition.

For the most part I enjoyed this story, especially some of our side characters like Mack and their school friends. Where I think this book struggled some was it attempted to tackle too much in one story. This wasn't a very long book, and because of that, I
Dec 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc, ya, net-galley
I am far from the target audience for this book (my YA days were long ago), but I have to say that this was a very fun read. Interestingly, there wasn't much conflict in the romance, none of the will they/won't they; instead the conflict came from family issues and (more interestingly) the protagonists' uncertainty about her future and whether she really did have what it takes to be a top athlete.

I disagree with some other reviewers who see the heroine as a "not like other girls" archetype;
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